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Over one million Americans are diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes annually. Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s ability to produce or use insulin efficiently is impaired. As of 2015, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the nation so with such horrific statistics it is even more vital today to take care of our bodies. There are many treatment options available to those who have diabetes including a combination of exercise, diet, and medication but there are also natural remedies available to help ease your symptoms as well. Check out some of our natural remedies that all diabetics should know about, the seven superfoods for diabetics.
**Always speak with your healthcare professional to seek advice and recommendations in treating diabetes.
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a tree that produces round green like fruit. It comes from India, the Middle East, and some southeast Asian countries. The entire tree has been used to make medicine for thousands of years from its bark to its fruit. The fruit of the tree has the most beneficial elements when consumed, especially for those who have diabetes. It contains antioxidants and nutrients that help regulate blood sugar levels in the body. This natural remedy has been gaining in popularity due to amla benefits not exclusive to just diabetes, but for other conditions too. You can eat it raw, pop into the juicer, or mix its powdered form with water to create a tea.
Beans like pinto, kidney, or black are a great natural remedy and are packed vitamins and minerals. Beans are high in fiber and can help manage blood sugar levels better than many other starchy foods.
Salmon contains healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. Since salmon is a lean, high-protein food, it does not raise blood glucose levels. Salmon is also great for the heart, skin, and brain. This makes salmon part of our list of superfoods for diabetics. Get to your nearest grocery store now and check out their fresh fish selection!
Most of us associate cinnamon with fall as its wonderful cozy scent makes us feel at home, however, the benefits of cinnamon is why it fits as a superfood for people with diabetes. A study shows that taking cinnamon reduces blood glucose levels effectively in patients with the disease. Cinnamon toast anyone?
Fulfilling and refreshing, citrus fruits are next on our superfood list. Citrus fruits are great for people with diabetes because they pack essential vitamins that help maintain blood sugar levels in the body. Grapefruits are great to eat at any time of the day and limes and lemons are great to add flavor into water. Who doesn’t love citrus food!
Ginger has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries and can be easily found at the grocery store. Ginger contains an active component that increases the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without using insulin. Thus, ginger is a superfood that assists in the management of high blood sugar levels.
Kale had to be included in our list, because what’s a superfood list without a vegetable? Kale is a low-calorie food that packs nutritional benefits like fiber, beta carotene, and manganese, to name a few. With its high fiber content, kale effectively lowers blood glucose levels and makes improvements in lipids and insulin levels.
One Last Note
**Talk with your healthcare professional before supplementing your diet.